Saturday, April 15, 2006

April 14 Flu Update

Yesterday, news was that the 18F in Egypt was said to have stablilized, but now she has died. Egypt says she was in close contact with birds.'

Five dogs ate some dead birds in Ivory Coast, and they died, too. H5N1 is feared.

Connecticut officials talk about bird flu preparation, including a daily check for hospital admissions for respiratory problems or diarrhea.

As migratory birds arrive in three weeks, bird flu should show up in US, according to these experts.

Via ProMed, IHT writes an interesting story on bird smuggling, as part of the migratory bird vs. bird trade debate.

Japan is putting H5N1 into its most dangerous viral category.

Alaska is the next stop on the HHS Flu Tour.

In Britain, a swan was found shot nine times, perhaps over bird flu fears.

Here's a switch. Residents in the Scottish town where the swan was found say that the attention is good for the town, putting them on the map, and will lead to increased tourism.

Oakland County (MI) is preparing for the bird flu, too. They are IDing sites for vaccinations.

Here's a link to their flu brochure.

Bird flu has brought Relenza back from market death.

Letter to Editor in Asbury Park, NJ asks if they are ready for the bird flu.

CIDRAP on recent reports where the role of cats in bird flu was downplayed.

Effect Measure tracks the story arc of a false alarm.

Effect Measure also weighs in on the WSJ article we ran yesterday about the variability in EU flu plans....is it the plan or the planning that matters?

An alert reader pointed me to a string of stories on a mumps outbreak in Iowa (summarized here via Effect Measure), where they have 600 cases as opposed to a normal annual total of 5. 1/4 of the sick people were vaccinated. What does that have to do with the flu...well, beyond a statement on the over-reliance on science to fight a virus, there is also this:

To try to keep the outbreak from widening further, the CDC announced yesterday that officials are working to track down 222 airline passengers who sat near two people from Iowa who developed the mumps after traveling on nine flights from March 26 to April 2. One flew from Tucson to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, stopping in Arkansas and St. Louis. The second, a 51-year-old woman on a trip to lobby the Iowa congressional delegation, flew from Waterloo, Iowa, to Washington and back, stopping in Detroit and Minneapolis.

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